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Wednesday Afternoon
13 September

2:30pm - 5:30pm

Course #1:
The Grid Ecosystem:
How to Engineer It
and Make It Work for You

    Course #2:
Introduction to Quality of Service Delivery in Mobile Multimedia Systems

Thursday Morning
14 September

9:00am - 12:00Noon

Course #3:
Next-Generation Broadband Wireless Access Technologies -
A Comparative Assessment
    Course #4: Introduction to Converged Network/Enterprise Architecture: Requirements, Methods and Roadmap

"Certificates of Attendance" will be provided on-site to attendees upon completion of the courses.

Separate registration is required to attend EntNet 2006 Educational Courses , for which there is a fee. The price for one course is $195; the price for two courses is $295. Click here for information about registering for EntNet 2006 Educational Courses.

The Grid Ecosystem: How to Engineer It and Make It Work for You
Instructor: Matei Ripeanu, Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, University of British Columbia, Canada
Wednesday Afternoon, 13 September, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Matei Ripeanu

Grid computing has emerged as an important networking and information technology field, distinguished from conventional distributed computing by its focus on large-scale resource sharing, innovative set of applications, and, in more increasing number of cases, by its high-performance orientation. The objective of this course is first to provide attendees an introduction to the basic concepts, architectures and solutions of Grid computing, and then to answer critical questions for Grid project planners and product developers, including:

- What types of problems is the Grid intended to address?
- What are Grid project and product strategies and major activities/milestones?
- Grid application planning, development, installation and support toolkits
- What is the likely long-term impact of Grids and Web Services convergence?

A significant part of the course is devoted to practical engineering issues of Grid application introduction in a corporate enterprise environment based on the Globus Toolkit, a Grid solution supported by the Globus Alliance. The Globus Toolkit can make the implementation process of Grid projects and products significantly more effective, however the overall success of a Grid project depends on a clear vision of the problems that need to be solved, awareness of existing technologies that can contribute to the solutions (both within and beyond the Globus Toolkit), and a strategy for using the technology to overcome the challenge. The course addresses the above-mentioned challenges of Grid project management.

COURSE LEVEL: Beginner (50%)/Intermediate (30%)/Advanced (20%)
It is desirable that attendees are familiar with the basic principals of information technology, computer and network architectures, software engineering processes, client/server systems, and Internet.

WHO WILL BENEFIT BY ATTENDING: Anyone who is interested in advanced distributed enterprise technologies, and who has a responsibility of leading or participating in Grid project activity. This includes engineers, team leaders, managers, and IT executives.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Matei Ripeanu received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from The University of Chicago in 2005.  After a brief visiting period with Argonne National Laboratory, Matei has joined the Computer Engineering Department of the University of British Columbia as an Assistant Professor.  Matei is broadly interested in distributed systems with a focus on self-organization and decentralized control in large-scale Grid and peer-to-peer systems.  Matei has published in major academic conferences on large scale Grid and peer-to-peer system characterization, on techniques to exploit the emergent characteristics of these systems, and on supporting scientific applications to run on these platforms. As part of a larger team Matei is a recipient of The Gordon Bell Award (2001) for 'significant achievements in applying high-performance computers to scientific and engineering problems.

Introduction to Quality of Service Delivery in Mobile Multimedia Systems
Instructor: Nalin Sharda, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Multimedia, Victoria University, Australia.
Wednesday Afternoon, 13 September, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Nalin Sharda

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the techniques, approaches, and challenges faced in delivering the desired Quality of Service (QoS) when transmitting multimedia information over mobile systems. Wi-Fi, WiMAX, and other systems are covered. The primer starts with a review of the fundamentals of mobile communication systems and multimedia information coding. Error resilience mechanisms for various content coding techniques are discussed and their suitability for use over mobile communication systems also discussed. Next, the primer surveys various mobile multimedia applications and salient characteristics of mobile devices, along with their impact on the Quality of Presentation (QoP). Techniques used for negotiating the desired QoS based on a new model called "The Quality, Cost, Temporal Triangle" are discussed.

This course will assume only general understanding of mobile systems. Some familiarity with networking principles and multimedia coding fundamentals will be beneficial.

WHO WILL BENEFIT BY ATTENDING: This course is suitable for students and technology practitioners developing or deploying mobile multimedia systems.

Nalin Sharda
obtained B. Tech. and PhD. degrees from IIT Delhi. Presently he teaches and leads research in Multimedia and Internet Communications at the School of Computer Science and Mathematics, Victoria University, Australia.Nalin's publications include the Multimedia Information Networking textbook, and around 100 papers and handbook chapters. Nalin has presented seminars, lectures and courses in Austria, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, and USA.

Next-Generation Broadband Wireless Access Technologies -
A Comparative Assessment

Instructor: Benny Bing, Associate Director, Georgia Tech Broadband Institute
Thursday Morning, 14 September, 9:00am - 12:00 Noon

Benny Bing

Broadband wireless access is the third wireless revolution, after cell phones (1990s) and Wi-Fi (2000s). It is viewed by many carriers and cable operators as a "disruptive" technology and rightly so. The broadcast nature of wireless transmission offers ubiquity and immediate access for both fixed and mobile users, clearly a vital element of next-generation quadruple play (i.e., voice, video, data, and mobility) services. Unlike wired access (copper, coax, fiber), a large portion of the deployment costs is incurred only when a subscriber signs up for service. An increasing number of municipal governments around the world are financing the deployment of multihop wireless networks with the overall aim of providing ubiquitous Internet access and enhanced public services. This course will provide a comparative assessment of the key standards and technologies underpinning promising broadband wireless access solutions.

COURSE LEVEL:   Intermediate/Advanced  
Assumes an understanding of telecom and data communications networking, and communications systems.

WHO WILL BENEFIT BY ATTENDING: Broadband communication professionals, company managers, technical staff, academics, students, and inquisitive end-users, who have current responsibilities or future prospects in wireless broadband access networks and home networking. Persons who want to gain a better understanding of convergence between telecommunications and data communications networks and services would also find this beneficial. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a CTO, a business executive or a scientist, you will discover that the thought-provoking material provided by the course not only help you master the subject but also serve as a rich source of interesting ideas.

Benny Bing is an Associate Director of the Georgia Tech Broadband Institute. He has published about 50 papers and 9 books. His publications have also appeared in the IEEE Spectrum. In early 2000, his book on wireless LANs was adopted by Cisco Systems to launch the Cisco-Aironet Wi-Fi product. He is currently an editor for the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, and has also guest edited for the IEEE Communications Magazine and the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas on Communications. In addition, he was featured in the MIT Technology Review in a special issue on wired and wireless technologies as well as the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the IEEE Spectrum. In October 2003, he was invited by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to participate in a workshop on the research challenges in residential networks, broadband access, and applications. His research interests include broadband access, wireless LANs, cognitive radio, and mobile TV.

Introduction to Converged Network/Enterprise Architecture:
Requirements, Methods and Roadmap

Jeff Tyree,
Director, Capital One Financial, USA
Art Akerman,
Director, Capital One Financial, USA
Thursday Morning, 14 September, 9:00am - 12:00 Noon

Jeff Tyree

Art Akerman

Resilient network architecture enables an enterprise to grow rapidly and adapt to a changing business environment. Networks are becoming more than just a commodity, prompting more businesses to integrate their network development with all aspects of the enterprise architecture development. In addition, the boundaries of network architecture are expanding rapidly with network vendors like CISCO entering the application services market. With this comes the convergence of network and enterprise architecture disciplines making it important to understand the concepts of converged network and enterprise architecture.

Enterprise architecture (EA) is a comprehensive framework used to manage and align an organization's Information Technology assets, people, operations, and projects with its predefined operational characteristics. Well-documented, well-understood enterprise architecture enables the organization to respond quickly to changes in the environment in which the organization operates. This course will cover the following topics:
- EA value proposition
- How network planning benefits EA roadmap
- The emergence of the EA organization
- EA frameworks and methods
- Languages and tools
- EA blueprints, reference models and roadmaps
- EA governance, metrics, and health
- Communications and EA

The development of a target architecture and a roadmap to reach it is indispensable, given the non-trivial expenditures. EA offers several key benefits to the enterprise. The course will discuss each of these benefits and how they apply to most organizations. In addition, this section will discuss the relevance of EA to attendees of EntNet and BBWF. This course will also discuss the emergence of enterprise architecture in both corporate and government settings.  The course will outline various roles and scopes of enterprise architecture as well as discuss organizational options, i.e. centralized and federated EA models.

COURSE LEVEL: Intermediate.
Assumes an understanding of the basic data communications and telecommunications network architectures, and general software architecture concepts.

WHO WILL BENEFIT BY ATTENDING: This course is aimed at industry professionals such as network architects and IT practitioners as well as graduate students of electrical and computer engineering. It provides an overview of the basic principles, methods and tools to develop enterprise architectures and explains how definition of the network architectures should be aligned with this process.


Jeff Tyree is a Director/Application Architect with Capital One Financial.   His interests include large-scale system design, system evolution processes, refactoring and performance engineering. Jeff has over fifteen years of developing software for financial and defense industries. He received his bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and master's degree in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Contact Jeff at 115000 Capital One Drive Richmond, Virginia 23238; jeff.tyree@capitalone.com.

Art Akerman is a Sr. Manager/Application Architect with Capital One Financial and a practicing member for World Wide Institute of Software Architects. His interests include creation of formal education programs for software architects, communicating architecture to development community and making architecture development more practical and less time consuming. Art has over ten years experience of developing software for government, insurance and financial services industries. He received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from State Academy of Oil and Gas in Moscow, Russia and Master's degree in Management of Information Technology from University of Virginia. Contact Art at 15000 Capital One Drive Richmond, Virginia 23238; art.akerman@capitalone.com

"Certificates of Attendance" will be provided on-site to attendees upon completion of the courses.

Separate registration is required to attend EntNet 2006 Educational Courses, for which there is a fee. The price for one course is $195; the price for two courses is $295. Click here for information about registering for EntNet 2006 Educational Courses.

EntNet 2006 Educational Course Chair
Daniel Minoli
Capital One Financial, USA
Director Network Architecture

Daniel Minoli has many years of technical-hands-on and managerial experience in Enterprise Architecture, IT, telecom, and networking for financial companies and global carriers. His work in Enterprise Architecture covers a number of layers of the TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) model. He has done work in secure data centers, disaster recovery, business continuity, storage area networks, broadband communications, bandwidth-on-demand, and on-demand computing. He is the author of the well-received 2005 Wiley book: A Networking Approach to Grid Computing. Mr. Minoli has also written columns for ComputerWorld, NetworkWorld, and Network Computing.